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Fresh FM returns to the airwaves

HEATHER SIMPSON
Last updated 09:51 21/07/2014

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A radio station that airs niche community programmes and podcasts is back broadcasting in Blenheim and Wairau Valley, after relocating its transmitter.

Nelson-based Fresh FM provides a community voice on issues that affect people and their lives.

It began broadcasting from the NMIT campus on Budge St in Blenheim, but there was limited coverage and problems over the reliability of the programme feed.

The transmitter had now been relocated to a new site at Goulter's Hill which provides better elevation, a direct fibre optic link with Nelson and much wider coverage.

Fresh FM station manager Mike Williams said the move meant the station would now be able to become more actively involved in the region.

"Fresh is the only community access station in the top of the south and it's always been important to us that we do whatever we can to include all the communities from Marlborough to Golden Bay."

Williams intended to hold a public meeting in Blenheim to encourage community groups - especially not-for-profit organisations and those representing different ethnic communities - to engage with the station.

"It's all about diversity," Williams said.

"Our on-air content should reflect the many different cultural influences in our society today. That's what we're here for.

"Our initial aim is going to be to build up a group of interested people in the Marlborough area who would like to learn how they can make shows to add to our schedule. Shows about life and the diverse communities in the Marlborough region. It's actually not that hard to do and modern computer technology makes recording quite easy."

Williams hoped to locate a recording room in Marlborough for community programmes. The future plan is a fully functioning studio in Blenheim capable of going live to air.

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